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Guò in the song "Kanguolai"


LuBaerte

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Dear friends,

I just learned the great song "duibian de nuhai kanguolai" by Richie Ren, and I was wondering what exactly the function is of the particle "guo" 过 in this phrase. Does kanguolai mean "come and see" and why guo here?

thanks a lot!

Lu Baerte

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The title of the song, when translated, is loosely the equivalent of saying ‘ Hey girl who lives opposite, look here/look at me/us!’

Yes ‘guo’ can denote a sort of past tense, but not really in this case. Guolai is a word on its own.

It’s more important to read the words rather than characters individually.

By the way, here’s the original singer whose version is way better than Richie Ren’s

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过来:

过来 alone means "come over here"

When it follows a verb, just "over here" or some thing similar. It is quite frequently used this way. For examples

快跑过来

把球踢过来

把东西拿过来

把人领过来

把信寄过来

把图片传过来 。。。。。。 many, many.

Also there is usage of 过来: +过来 +过去,indicating the acting is repeated. For example

看过来,看过去,也没看出什么门道儿。

在房间里走过来走过去,思考着这个问题。

这个问题就像皮球一样,在各部门间被踢过来踢过去,没人去解决。

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